The origins of the Perro Peligroso name and Preston Vance joining LFI.
On the November 25th, 2022 edition of AEW Rampage, Preston Vance turned on Dark Order and aligned himself with La Facción Ingobernable. The AEW/ROH version of the group consists of RUSH, Andrade El Idolo, Dralístico, RUSH and Jose the Assistant.
After joining the group, Vance was given the nickname ‘Perro Peligroso’ and it was suggested by Chris Jericho. Vance shared that on the newest AEW Unrestricted podcast.
He would consistently go to Jericho’s office and the first AEW World Champion helped with the ‘unraveling’ of the name as well. Initially, Vance’s turn was going to happen months prior but he said things kept occurring that was out of everyone’s control. He added that he’s enjoying working with RUSH and Jose.
I’ll touch on right now who gave me the awesome name (Perro Peligroso) and it was actually Chris Jericho came up with it. So, whatever he says is like gold because he’s been doing it forever. Any advice Jericho gives, I’m listening to and then he kind of helped a lot with the whole unraveling of it. I would go to him every week, sit in his office and man, we were supposed to do it months before it happened and you know, stuff out of everyone’s control just kept happening. We were gonna do it in Jacksonville because that was kind of the home of AEW for a while so I thought it’d be cool to do it there and we had Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago and I’m like, well that’s a huge, huge show, huge weekend, perfect. So, I feel like the Dark Order, we weren’t going anywhere so I wanted to do something. I never knew RUSH before this or Jose (the Assistant). RUSH is honestly probably top five funniest guys in the locker room. He’s the best. His charisma’s out of control so, I don’t know, we’re having fun though. I like working with them a lot. It’s different and also a learning curve because my Spanish is not fluent or very existent at all. So it’s fun to put stuff together with him. Jose is a huge help with the translating stuff obviously. But I will give RUSH credit. He does say he practices his English every single day and you can tell each week, he gets way better.
When it comes to joining La Facción, Vance said Andrade El Idolo approached him about the idea and said he was going to present it to Tony Khan. Vance said he’s glad he’s done wrestling in a mask.
I remember I was somewhere backstage and Andrade (El Idolo) pulled me aside and was like, ‘Hey, I’m gonna go to Tony. I want you with us. I think you’d look cool in a suit, take off the mask’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah. Let’s do it.’ I was doing the ‘10’ thing for, at that point, like three years so, I was pretty ready to change. I never liked wearing the mask. I never wore it before AEW. It’s hard trying to connect with the people when you’re under a mask. There are pros and cons to it. A pro is that you never have to worry about facial expressions or anything but the con is I mean literally, it’s hard to show any enthusiasm. It’s all body language, body language and so I’m pretty glad I’m done with the mask.
Vance was in action prior to AEW Dynamite going live on TBS on 4/26. He competed at the Ring of Honor taping in a singles match against Rich Adonis.
If the quotes in this article are used, please credit AEW Unrestricted with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.